Telecommunication in MacaoCompared to the United States, Macao is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +853, there were a total of 2.90 million connections in 2021. Among them were 2.79 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 4.1 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.
With about 327 webhosts, Macao is below the world's average by population.
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Development of telephone and internet connectionsWith an average download speed of 160.06 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Macao ranks 12th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 155.61 Mbit/second (3rd place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Macao comes 9th with a download speed of 108.01 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 32 Mbit was enough for 2nd place.
The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 countries.
The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.
Access to the internet in Macao from 1990 - 2020
Broadband internet in Macao 2000 - 2020Macao is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 88 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 31 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.
Landlines 1990 - 2020
The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Macao. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 0 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.